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GDC: New action IP will be deeper than Enemy Territory

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348w ago - Talking to videogaming247 ahead of GDC in San Francisco today, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars developer Splash Damage has confirmed that it's now working on a brand new IP - an action project leading on PC - and that it will be as "deep, or deeper" than last year's id franchise-shooter.

The studio is currently negotiating a deal with an unspecified publisher on the new title.

Start of work on the game is responsible for the studio's recently announced recruitment drive.

"We want to demonstrate that we can do something completely new," said Splash Damage owner Paul Wedgwood, adding that ongoing attempts to make Enemy Territory: Quake Wars easier on new players had informed the entire approach to the new game, with "a third" of the company's efforts going into making an interface to help out newbies.

"Accessibility is the key," he said. "The new game will be as deep, or deeper, than Enemy Territory, but easier to get into."

Wedgwood said that the PC remained the key focus for prototyping and development at Splash Damage, with Texan developer Nerve Software handling the company's console versions.

"The PC is really strong," he said. "But you have to develop specifically for the PC, because back-porting from consoles just doesn't...
 

Why Microsoft will announce an Xbox Blu-ray player soon

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348w ago - Now that Engadget is reporting Toshiba will wave the white flag tomorrow and finally put an end to the high-def format war once and for all, there are a whole new set of questions that must be answered.

Will Toshiba move to Blu-ray? What will the company do with the technology? Will it sell the HD DVD name to the Blu-ray folks?

But perhaps most importantly, what will Microsoft do? The company has been a staunch supported of HD DVD since the beginning and it currently offers an HD DVD add-on for its Xbox 360 console. But now that the format is dead and the rightful winner is ready to be crowned, will Microsoft ignore the format war and go about its business or try to jump on the Blu-ray bandwagon?

Trust me -- within a month, the company will announce a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360.

A month ago, that very assertion would have sounded ludicrous to all but the most cynical of tech followers. But after one short month, quite a bit has changed and suddenly Microsoft is far behind Sony in the HD realm.

Consider this -- the Playstation 3 has officially become the only console that's capable of playing high-def movies and although some may still find some benefit in owning Microsoft's HD DVD player, it wouldn't surprise me if they landed in the junkyard in a matter of minutes...
 

Haze: Big improvements made, will be released very soon!

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348w ago - A post in the Official Ubisoft Forums by a Free Radical Staff:

Sorry guys but Haze is NOT Duke Nukem Forever

Normally we have to be a bit careful about what we say on forums in case it incurs the wrath of Neko or Dr. Doak for giving too much info away, but this time I'm very safe in saying that Haze is coming.

While we can't explicitly say what improvements we've made (I'd love to tell you all the cool stuff we've been putting in!...but I also love my job too lol) I can guarantee you that the extra bit of time has made a big difference for the better.

We understand the frustration caused by shifting things around a bit, but we just want to make sure things are right for the people who'll be playing Haze *very* soon...
 

New scans and videos of BlazBlue (Blue Blaze)

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348w ago - With all the hype around Street Fighter IV: Giant Dragon Edition you might have missed another up and coming fighting game from the makers of the Guilty Gear / Accent Core folks called BlazBlue - a PS3 network exclusive that made its official debut this year at AOU in Japan.

The game is set in the same Guilty Gear universe ten years after XX and will bring some solace to those whose panties are not dripping for SF IV, including yours truly. The game is also set to hit arcades on the Taito Type X2 board, presuming your city still has one of those.

Check out one of the videos below:





More scans and three additional videos are here!
 

First GTA IV Soundtrack Details

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348w ago - The first details on the Grand Theft Auto 4 soundtrack have surfaced on the Internet, revealing the titles of sixteen songs.

You should take this with a grain of salt though, as they have not been 100% confirmed by Rockstar yet.

Angel y Khris - Ven Bailalo
R Kelly - Bump N Grind
Seryoga - KingRing
The Boggs - Arm In Arm
UNKLE (feat. Josh Homme) - Restless
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Res - They Say Vision
Raheem Devaughn - You
Junior Kickstart - The Go! Team
VHS or Beta - Burn It All Down
Humble Pie - Cocaine
Fat Joe - Shit Is Real
MOP - How About Some Hardcore
MOP - Downtown Swinger
Queen - One Vision
Ne-Yo - Because of You
 
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